I just recently put together a server; this is something that I have done many times. I installed Windows Server 2012 Standard (legal retail version purchased on Amazon for about $699) without any issues at all on an embed RAID controller (Intel motherboard) with a RAID 1 configuration. Everything worked great no issues at all . . . but then I realized that I didn't purchased the latest version of the OS. I need to install Windows Server 2012 Standard R2.
So I remembered that I have a subscription to Microsoft's Action Pack, and I have a legal copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 through that subscription. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to a DVD. The problem is that the installation screen freezes as soon as the spinning circle appears.
I have tried this several times with different DVD drives, different blank DVDs, burning at different write speeds. I have even tried installing from USB and external DVD drives, but I get the same result.
If I use the DVD I bought from Amazon, it works. It installs Windows Server 2012 Standard. If I use my burned DVD on another computer, it works. It allows me to do the installation.
Summary: Both DVDs are 64 bit. The DVD from Amazon works all the time every time. My burned DVD works on all computers except on this brand new server computer. I have replaced the DVD with a newer one, I have used an external DVD drive, and I have even try to install the server OS from USB without success.
Why does my Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation freezes?